Dancers are drawn by painted salmon waved by singers during the Salmon Dance

Dancers are drawn by painted salmon waved by singers during the Salmon Dance

Wagalus marks 20 years

Wagalus School recognized its 20th anniversary with a showcase of song, dance and feasting at the Big House last Thursday.

FORT RUPERT—With performers ranging from early alumni to current kindergartners, Wagalus School recognized its 20th anniversary serving the youth of Kipasse Reserve with an Aboriginal Week showcase of traditional song, dance and feasting at the Tsaxis Big House last Thursday.

Introduced by master of ceremonies Mervyn Child, Trish Rosborough gave a welcoming speech that highlighted many of the programs and benefits provided by the small, close-knit school. She also used the opportunity to recognize elders, educators and the Wagalus graduates in attendance, who were identifiable by badges handed out at the start of the event.

Local singers supported a wide range of dances, performed by men, women and children of the community.

The celebration, which began in the afternoon following the school day, wrapped up with a dinner feast for all participants and spectators.

The event followed an appearance earlier in the week by young students who danced for residents of Eagle Ridge Manor in Port Hardy.